Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, who is set to retire at midnight tonight, has made strong statement against the “malicious” campaign that begun following the death penalty verdict against former military leader Pervez Musharraf.
During an address to a court-full farewell reference at the Supreme Court on Friday, the outgoing Chief Justice categorically rejected the claim that he has any influence over the proceedings and verdict of the special court.
“A malicious campaign has been started against the judiciary and myself. The allegations are baseless and incorrect. We know the limits of our powers and we know that the truth shall always prevail,” said the retiring CJP.
Justice Khosa’s remarks were partly in reference to the additional attorney general’s claim that the CJP, in an informal chat with journalists, had voiced support for the special court’s order against Musharraf.
Khosa will be succeeded by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, who is scheduled to be sworn in on Saturday as the 27th chief justice of Pakistan.
The full-court reference was attended by all apex court judges, vice-chairperson of the Pakistan Bar Council, president of the Supreme Court Bar, Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan and others.
Known as a literary genius, Khosa remained Pakistan’s chief justice for a little over 11 months after taking over from Justice (retd) Mian Saqib Nisar.
Born in Dera Ghazi Khan on December 21, 1954, Justice Khosa obtained his law degree from the United Kingdom in 1976 and was considered one of the country’s top jurists on criminal law.
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